Nurses’ Attitudes Toward the Importance of Families in Nursing Care: A Multinational Comparative Study

Lisa A. Cranley, Simon Ching Lam, Sarah Brennenstuhl, Zarina Nahar Kabir, Anne Marie Boström, Angela Yee Man Leung, Hanne Konradsen

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The aim of this study was to examine nurses’ attitudes about the importance of family in nursing care from an international perspective. We used a cross-sectional design. Data were collected online using the Families’ Importance in Nursing Care—Nurses’ Attitudes (FINC-NA) questionnaire from a convenience sample of 740 registered nurses across health care sectors from Sweden, Ontario, Canada, and Hong Kong, China. Mean levels of attitudes were compared across countries using analysis of variance (ANOVA). Multiple regression was used to identify factors associated with nurses’ attitudes and to test for interactions by country. Factors associated with nurse attitudes included country, age, gender, and several practice areas. On average, nurses working in Hong Kong had less positive attitudes compared with Canada and Sweden. The effects of predictors on nurses’ attitudes did not vary by country. Knowledge of nurses’ attitudes could lead to the development of tailored interventions that facilitate nurse-family partnerships in care.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Family Nursing
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


  • cross-national comparisons
  • cross-sectional
  • family-focused care
  • nurse attitudes
  • survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Family Practice


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